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Greenland Technique: Rolling & Rescues

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Greenland Championship Rolling Maneuvers
The list of thirty-five capsize maneuvers performed at the annual Greenland National Kayaking Championship. Includes the Greenlandic roll names and sound files of Maligiaq Padilla pronouncing the terms, as well as brief history and purpose of each maneuver.

Greenland Roll Translations
Literal translations of Greenlandic rolling names courtesy of Birgit Pauksztat. Some of the translations provide interesting insight into the techniques

Competition Rolling Scoresheets
English translation
Greenlandic (untranslated)
This is the Qaannat Kattuffiat scoresheet used for event scoring at the Greenland championship. To use, circle the value indicated by the "More" column if a roll is done perfectly on the first try. If the participant barely makes it up on the first try, or has to resort to a second try, the "Less" value is circled. Left and Right refer to an attempt on either the paddler's left or right side. The winning score at the 2000 event, in the 20-34 age category, was 277 points by Ari Josefsen of Nuuk! Translation thanks to Hans Kleist-Thomassen of Qajaq Nuuk.

Technique Tips

According to Maligiaq Padilla, many Greenland kayakers are first taught to paddle with a vertically oriented blade (at the catch), and as they progress, they are later taught the "canted blade stroke" which is considered a more advanced technique. In the canted blade stroke the top edge of the paddle is angled forward, toward the bow. Learning this technique will quickly bury the blade, reduce or eliminate flutter and ventilation, and provide for much more power.

Team Qajaq USA

Qajaq USA is the American Chapter of Qaannat Kattuffiat - the Greenland Kayak Association. We have members world-wide. Qajaq USA is one of only three affiliated "Qajaq" clubs outside of Greenland. Most "Qajaq" clubs are scattered among the small villages of Greenland and are a major impetus in keeping the local kayaking traditions alive.
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Our Mission:

  • Qajaq USA is a nonprofit membership organization that is officially recognized by Qaannat Kattuffiat (The Greenland Kayaking Association).
  • Qajaq USA is committed to supporting Qaannat Kattuffiat and their efforts to preserve, study and promote the traditions and techniques of Greenland kayaking while seeking to further the appreciation and development of Greenland-style kayaking in the United States.